Magnus Carlsen Queen Sacrifice against Anish Giri | Meltwater CCT Finals (2021)

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Carlsen, Magnus (2855) - Giri, Anish (2712)
Scond Blitz Game, Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals 2021

[Event "Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals 2021"]
[Date "2021.10.01"]
[Round "06-05"]
[White "Giri, Anish"]
[Black "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Variant "Chess960"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w HAha - 0 1"]
[WhiteElo "2712"]
[BlackElo "2842"]
[TimeControl "900+10"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. O-O Nge7 5. d4 cxd4 6. Nxd4 Qb6 7. Be3 Nxd4 8.
a4 Nxb5 9. Bxb6 axb6 10. Nd2 Nd6 11. e5 Ndf5 12. Ne4 Nc6 13. g4 Nh4 14. f4 h5
15. h3 hxg4 16. hxg4 d5 17. exd6 Ra5 18. c4 f5 19. b4 Nxb4 20. d7+ Bxd7 21. Nd6+
Bxd6 22. Qxd6 Nc6 23. Rad1 Bc8 24. g5 Ng6 25. Rf2 Kf7 26. Qc7+ Nce7 27. Rd8 Rxd8
28. Qxd8 Rxa4 29. Qc7 e5 30. fxe5 Be6 31. Qxb7 Rxc4 32. Qxb6 Nxe5 33. Re2 Rc6
34. Qe3 N5g6 35. Kh2 Bc4 36. Rb2 Re6 37. Qf3 Re4 38. Rb7 Be6 39. Kg1 Rg4+ 40.
Kh2 Rxg5 41. Rb6 Bd5 42. Qe3 Rg2+ 43. Kh3 Rg4 44. Kh2 f4 45. Qd4 Rg5 46. Rd6 f3
47. Rd7 Rf5 48. Qg4 Be6 49. Rd1 Ne5 50. Qh4 f2 51. Kg2 Bd5+ 52. Kf1 Bc4+ 53. Kg2
f1=Q+ 0-1

The 2021 Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals is a 10-player round-robin taking place from September 25 to October 4 on chess24, with World Champion Magnus Carlsen, World Cup winner Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Dutch no. 1 Anish Giri playing from a venue in Oslo. The players start with bonus points based on their performance over the $1.6 million tour so far and then play a match each day for a maximum of 3 points. The top scorer after 9 rounds wins $100,000 and is crowned the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour champion.

Each match features four rapid games with a time control of 15 minutes for all moves plus a 10-second increment added each move. The winner gets 3 points and the loser 0. If tied 2:2, then a blitz playoff is played, with two games where the players have 5 minutes and a 3-second increment. If still tied they play a single Armageddon game, where White has 5 minutes to Black’s 4, but a draw counts as a win for Black. The winner after a playoff gets 2 points, the loser 1.


  • imagine showing this game with all its piece coordination to a romantic era champion like Morphy or Anderssen, and then letting them know it was played at blitz controls. Magnus gives a masterclass at impossible speed

    • @bait g

    • @oiajwoa dgea if you ever drop below 2000, throw an egg on your comments

    • @light man Yes I agree even with like 2 knights in endgame is drawn and bishop and bishop is also drawn.

    • Romantic era lmao 🤣

    • @Kokomiyah It is pretty obvious they would get crushed, currently GMs train with module, so they are not even using their own ideas most of the time. Old players did not have this advantage and it is completely game changing, most likely with the same tools, they would have been able to be in the top 100 easily.

  • This game was so phenomenal the Queen's value got nerfed from 9 to 8.

    • @CeterisParibus Oh please no, anything but sacroface

    • @Woosh Bait shush it or homie will sacroface you

    • @Jou t7 cringe

    • This is why many players who early attack with the queen lose, because they dont get to attack the queen or eat anything valuable, while their queen gets all the time threathen and so they dont want to lose their queen, so keep moving it, while the other player just keeps developing his pieces to get big advantage, when the other player wasted so many turns with moving his queen around trying to attack and get through.

    • The queen is the most valuable piece being abel to do most in the board, but when the queen is not abel to attack the king without getting sacrofaced herself. The queen becomes very wortheles piece in the chess game.

  • I come back to watch this game periodically. Imo its the most beautiful game I've ever seen. Breaks nearly every rule that I am aware of in chess and still wins.

    • Broke 2 rules: don't botez gambit and don't play a modified bongcloud opening

    • @Chicken man Then you dont understand my point at all, insofar as there are "rules" to chess, and it sounds like you are disputing that there even are such things, then Magnus breaks quite a few of them here. Of course, at a high enough level, every rule for every discipline can be broken. But that is precisely the evidence of the greatness of the player who is breaking the rules; it doesn't indicate that for most people, those rules do not apply.

    • @David Cline the bringing the queen out early is not a “rule” of chess, at all. This was well known theory, mainly this “rule” is mainly said by chess ID-tvrs who are advertising to newer players.

    • @David Cline ​ I agree, also the development of his rooks clearly breaks the “rules”. Rook A5 to control the board horizontally? Are you serious? How often do you EVER see that? But here it’s used so effectively: the rook defends Magnus’ f pawn which forces Giri to overextend his pawn structure to threaten Magnus’ rook. After that, it’s all Magnus. Magnus gets that DISGUSTING structure of pawns, knights, a bishop, and a rook somehow all defending each other so beautifully. It really was a wonderful game.

    • @Uska Qais It would've guaranteed a mate after the promotion.

  • One of the things that's so striking about Magnus on defense is how willing he is to play ugly moves when necessary to hold his position together, and somehow untangle later . For a short while it seemed like Giri was piling on the pressure and forcing some concessions and it was hard to see how Magnus would get coordinated. Yet a few moves later Giri's initiative had completely evaporated and his heavy pieces were unable to make a credible threat. And of course that's the quintessential Magnus style, but to see him pull it off against a 2700 in Blitz time control is something else.

    • @P41N No particular reason. Sometimes I call them Magnus/Anish, sometimes I call them Carlsen/Giri.

    • @P41N I would assume it’s a cultural thing. Here in Scandinavia we tend to use first names regardless of how well we know someone, unless it’s a foreigner that might get offended.

    • why is it that you use magnus carlsen's first name but Anish giri's last?

    • @Matty Ice 5 minute timer, a short game. Blitz in german means lightning, the word is used in context as fast(Lightning fast).

    • What exactly is blitz? 5/5?

  • That game shows again... Magnus is not just a player. He's an artist. Beautiful game

    • Beautiful game, chess speaks for itself.

    • @svvay You didn't call anyone out LMAO

    • @svvay Lucky for me not everyone is in your level. 1800 ish right? The little voice inside your head: Damn it how did he know that?!? Ahahahahaha

    • @svvay I don't have anything to prove, I'm simply stating a fact. My peak rating is 2400s OTB. However it would be much higher if I committed all my energy to chess. I've beaten grandmasters and many IMs titled.

    • @svvay my peak rating on fide is 2400+

  • When the players are leaning forward you can just feel their confidence. And then Giri sinks back into his chair. Solid game.

    • He sinks back into chair after Magnus sacrifices a pawn at 10:25

  • Years from now magnus and his strategy will be deeply studied. He may even end up teaching the next world champion, just like how he was taught

    • Those who will get the chance to get mentored by Carlsen will become monsters

  • What an amazing endgame, not a single misstep. Magnus makes it look effortless and inevitable, the unstoppable force of chess.

  • Perhaps this is the greatest game I've wacthed live in chess24 in my entire life. In this era, it's really hard to play like Michail Tal. But Magnus just gave us very entertining show there

  • Magnus is unreal at chess. The way he coordinates attacks/defense is out of this world.

    • Lol

    • I mean, he’s no hans nieman but he’s okay

    • @Your Cousin Anish reigns because he is forced to take the new queen with his rook and Magnus would take that rook with a bishop who is protected. In other words Anish is down to 2 pieces and has no chance

    • @rahman maman c4 takes rook after defense there magnus has defended puts King in check and also King is checkmate

    • @Your Cousin Anish will have to take with his rook, and he will lose the rook bc magnus is protecting the bishop with the white rook. So magnus will have two knights, a bishop a rook and a pawn against one queen. It’s really impossible for anish to win

  • That body cage around the king is just brilliant!

    • @yes no lose argument=that's a troll omgjduegdhcudbwbdifbdhs!!!1!!11!!!111!

    • Probably just a troll, their leaps of logic are so far apart they might as well have went to the moon.

    • @Tywi Liang many times, you are just blind to the truth

    • @yes no stockfish

    • "Pretty sure multiple chess engines could do better" "no, it's like saying an average human isn't impressive because multiple people can go faster" @Ricky Smith when has magnus ever been compared to average human? when has chess engine ever been compared to multiple people?

  • One of the best games I've ever seen. Impenetrable defense being played by Magnus in the later half.

  • I love this game, I'm mind blown by the fact that it breaks so many opening principles and yet two of them still stand: king safety and piece coordination. At the end of the day these two are the only thing that matter in chess. All the goats (Morphy, Tal, Fisher, Kasparov, Anand and Carlsen) know/knew that, it's incredible to watch

  • This was defintiely one of the better games I have seen in a while. Queen sacrifices which are equal in material AREN'T bad but it's always a mental danger to do at such high level as 3 pieces can easier make a mistake than 1 piece. Yet, MC has the confidence (and ability of course) to do it at this level and hence why it looks so nice. Very well played! :p

  • Damn. Even though the engine says sacrificing the queen is losing, he still managed to pull out a win.

    • Engine wasn't wrong. He just outplayed his opponent

    • Engine doesn't approve, Magnus doesn't care

    • All the eval say is queen sac is losing to stockfish. Anish in blitz however is still in deep water. Clearly. Lol

    • @Dredd Scott a computer can calculate way further ahead than any person ever could

    • @Dredd Scott you think humans can calculate 26+ moves ahead, what the fuck is wrong with you? Hikaru said in a stream that he can see 5(FIVE) moves ahead when he is playing. It doesnt count when you play against players who are way weaker than you.

  • Incredible. Absolutely fantastic game. You can see Magnus’s creativity and flair going for something risky but entertaining. Bowled over by how clever this was.

  • Magnus is a deadly player...Even if any of these new players of this generation beats him in a game or two he still not on their level cos no player of this generation would venture into such sacrifice against a strong player....He is the best and always will be..

    • @Frederik Christiansen nobody is better currently...Dude is attaining an FIDE rating of 2900+ which is his target you're saying otherwise....For now nobody is better

    • Theres always someone better but he is just so much more known and that he is already World champ keeps him on top so yes and no

  • That fortress Magnus makes around his king to handle the end game against Queen & Rook is stunning. Magnus is in a league of his own.

  • No-one except magnus can sac his queen in the opening and still not called to be a blunder! 🔥🔥

    • I think Magnus calculated it at that moment and so he decided to just go for it to have epic end game.

    • That white was the one who made a blunder, who chose a queen for 3 pieces lol

    • He played the Botez Gambit well.

    • Because he sure to win the game!

  • There's a GM, there's a super GM And there's magnus carlsen

  • One of my favorite Magnus games just because it showcases a different set of skills which he possesses but which are often unseen due to his prowess in other parts of the game

  • 6:22 That's an original chess puzzle right there. After so many years of documented chess, knowing that pro players can still ignore theory and just go for artistic chess, it's the reason why we are still here watching.

    • I dont think u know what the theory is or means lmao

    • It’s interesting to think of the journey of a piece in a game as beautiful as this. In that moment the rook had nowhere to go but backwards and that’s the rook that cleared all of Giri’s pawns forcing him to have only 3 pieces against Carlsen’s 7. Beautiful

  • Magus yes is a Genius at this. But the way you see the genius really shows in chess its beautiful. I understand why it's art. From start to finish. Some people are just so smart, it's hard to really know and see as a common human. "Talent hits a target no one else can hit, Genius hits a target no one else can see" - Arthur Schopenhauer

  • Amazing. I know he's the greatest chess player in the world, a grandmaster, the highest rated player ever, the world chess champion etc. but it is always amazing watching Magnus play.

  • It seemed to me at the end that Magnus defensive moves also attacked and his attacking moves also defended. How did he do that? Way above my pay grade.

    • @1waoh 🤣🤣🤣🤣

    • It was elegant. The way he sacrifices pawns on b6 and e5 to activate the knight and bishop fully knowing he could gang up on pawn with extra minor pieces. Such grace and coordination between the pieces.

    • "A symphony is a whole world" G. Mahler Well, this could be said of the chessboard as well. Especially for matches of this coordination and complexity!

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    • This is more a game on the mental level... Magnus sacrifices are faking weakness and bringing out the shark like nature of anish giri that moves in for the kill after sensing weakness... there was no weakness here but a fort of horses, knights and bishops with a king inside it.

  • You watch these guys play and you just feel they are on a different level. This guy Magnus, he is amazing.

    • Do you have any idea who this guy is ?

    • @OneDerscore One I guees so.

    • Cause they are

  • This was truly a mind-blowing game. Sacrificing Queen and still Carlson kept a psychological edge over Anish. Well played by both

  • A chess masterpiece which shows how far ahead Magnus is from other top GMs.

  • Absolutely shocking watching the kings protection play out. Every piece, every possible situation accounted for. Chess can be so beautiful to watch

  • This is my all time favorite game, I always come back to it just to witness something i'll never be able to pull off.

    • I watched this many times as well! it's such beautiful art with the pieces, amazing coordination, truly a masterpiece of a game!

  • Wow hands down one of the best chess games I have ever seen, I always love seeing the weaker pieces teaming up on the Queen

  • The queen sacrifice speaks for itself.

  • I love playing chess and admire these guys. I can't even fathom how their mind is able to see that far ahead. It's nuts!

    • I guess by countless hours and years of repetitions and playing tournaments. Also high iq and a chess mind

  • I have watched this game LIVE, the analysis twice from different channels, and the 4th time I watched this I still get goosebumps and immense excitement and pressure even though I'm not the player. Just shows how phenomenal this game truly is

    • I have watched this game more than three times too just not live but I am always blown Away. Magnus is a Genius.

    • @Michael Baker man..

    • @Durooham it's never quite had that effect on me, but it's definitely some incredible chess!

    • Mee too.. Still came to watch again

    • I can 100% say your right

  • I'm sad for all of those who will never percieve the beauty of chess to this extent

  • A year later, this game has had a great impact on me. Even tho it's only blitz it's the first game where I really saw the beauty of chess

  • You don't need no queen when you're the king of chess.

  • That formation around the king was beautiful, even without the queen early on

  • Behind letting the Queen go was a sacrifice of calm waters of relative safety in exchange for a courageous dive into an unknown abyss. And that's beautiful.

    • That's the hallmark of artists. Diving into the unknown, navigating unchartered waters and creating artwork for others to enjoy and marvel at.

    • Like found a good view.super extra ultra ordinary!

  • Jeez that felt like a real battle at the end. I'm new to chess so this was awesome to watch!

  • Wow. So exciting. Great game by Carlsen. Carlsen refreshes the games other players cannot reach.

  • In this beautiful game we can use the quote: “A good defense is also a way to attack” , this man is out of this world.

    • Yes this is why chess is so complicated game and its very hard to master chess, when it got so many angels to look at the game and so many ways to analize, when you dont exactly know always what your opponent will do. Your pieces can be very well connected to be also connected, when you do make an attack and so its complicated in chess where to find the best move in your position where ever piece are defending eachother.

  • Magnus developed a Phalanx with his King and all of his pieces. That was insane, I’ve never seen that done before.

    • Nitpick: more like a tercio - pikes on all four sides, no possible way to flank it.

    • Check out some Tigran Petrosian games

    • .Magnus sacrifices as part of faking weakness and bringing out the shark like nature of anish giri that moves in for the kill after sensing weakness... there was no weakness here but a fort of horses, knights and bishops with a king inside it.

    • Makes you realise that's what he had envisioned when sacrificing the queen in the first place.

    • What a great way to put it!

  • it does get taken for granted how good he is. people assume its more like code writing but this is mastery.

  • What an artistic ending.. the way the pieces were working together is just mind blowing.

  • The way Magnus protected his King is otherworldly!!! 🌎 🚀

  • Magnus is a Savant. Total genius. Even guys that are 200 rating points below his are insanely good. He is a freak of nature

  • A fortress defending the king. The beauty of the defense, superb

  • this has to go down as the greatest defensive moment in chess

  • I started playing chess some months ago and watched quite some videos, if there is one thing i learned by these videos, it's that when magnus sacrifices his Queen you have already lost, you just haven't realized it yet.

    • No if you play against Magnus you already lost, you just haven't realised it yet.

    • Best of the best bill!

    • because he has already predicted all his and your moves...😂

  • Every single move by Magnus was defending and attacing at the same time. That's why he is more than a chess player he is an Artist as well

  • I never thought from the opening that I would watch one of the most one sided games I've ever seen. This is absurd.

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    • Didnt think it was that one sided. Anish Giri of course is great indian chess player, but Magnus just was abel to put his pieces so that they defending the king so well, while same time being able to attack Anish Giri king.

    • @Mundo De Possibilidades Giri goes wrong already at move 11, moving his pawn to e5 and helping the bad knight on d6 to a better square. Problem seems that Giri couldn't adjust to playing with this material imbalance. Anyhow, it was a blitz game and that's the only reason we are seing this exchange of pieces by Magnus. 3 pieces for a queen is generally ok, but the black pieces are in a bad shape when they enter this.

    • @Claudio Gonzalez show me how will anish giri punish him? I wanna see u facts not only words. Are u a chess champion?

    • @Mundo De Possibilidades Actually it's not incredible, it's actually the opposite, it makes perfect sense. The sacrifice is not exactly sound, and ends up with a poor, uncoordinated position. In classical time control, he would surely lose to any top GM. But in blitz it's hard to find the right way to punish the position and wild sacrifices work much better than they should.

  • what a solid defence...white had no chance of breaking it..the king was protected so well

  • This is imo some of the greatest chess I have ever seen. The way Magnus pulled the strings so that every piece can attack while also be there for each other like holy shit .. not to mention this is blitz

  • MANO, O MAGNUS É UM GÊNIO!!! Pqp!!! Que jogo

  • This is really my favorite game, I've already watched it more than 10x.

  • This is truly a work of art from Magnus. What a beautiful mind!

    • @Space and Time shut up nerd

    • @Flavio yea well, wrong usage. A high and almost holy name such as "art", "philosophy", "religion" and "science" should never and ever be made fallen to the level of chess, even as metaphors.

    • @Space and Time It's just an expression. Since art is one of the most beautiful things humans have ever invented, it's another way to call something beautiful.

    • chess is never an art

    • Wonderful Botez Gambit.

  • Magnus just went, ah I lose the queen but in 46 moves I will get it back no problem

  • Absolutely unbelievable game. One of the all time greats.

  • Perfect placement in the endgame. Literally everything was protected like a fortress

  • Wow. Even in a blitz game, Magnus coordinated his pieces so perfectly that there was nothing white could do. Every piece was defended or double, triple defended all while having open lines to attack. I think this guy is pretty good.

  • That defend is just pure beauty. Truly a craft from the master!

    • @Soham Sanyal yall to be more down to earth and not acting like a second mona lisa has just been painted. its so soy

    • @Ricky Smith because we're fans of chess? What were you expecting?

    • @Ricky Smith Do you play chess? If not STFU.

    • Y'all treat chess like some godly shit 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • 9:03 (confident as hell) “he’s gonna move one of his rooks…. Not sure which one but he’s gonna move one of his rooks… oh he moved his king” Lol

  • That game looked incredibly fun! That was some wild play.

  • That was one of the best queen sacrifices ive ever seen

  • Look at the cleanse, look at the moves, Magnus WHAT WAS THAT? Only for those who understand.

  • The immortal game of our times

  • Magnus: sees an impossible line and sacrifices his queen Jovanka: that’s the exact move I was thinking of

  • everyone thought he's gonna lose, but then suddenly realize that he's Magnus

  • Experience X10 Never would think losing my Queen to still be confident to win would be a option until I saw this match ❤️

  • The way his pieces attack and defend is amazing. I've never seen something like this before. This man is the greatest chess player of all time by a pretty good margin if you ask me.

    • @Chocolate Milk Level of play is what matters the most, not amount of titles imo.

    • @Achyuth Thouta Half of the world champions played better chess than him? Don't make me laugh. You realize he was 125 elo higher than n.2 against the soviet right? Biggest elo margin ever. He may be the best chess player, even if he didn't defend his title.

    • Bobby Fischer

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    • @nathan hosea Mikhail Tal won against Fischer more than Fİscher won against Tal

  • I just got into chess like half a year ago but this is the most amazing match I've ever seen.

    • Look up for magnus vs Ian neponiatchi World championship game 6

    • Look up Fischer vs Short, when they apparently played online in a series of blitz games. Short was (is) a tremendously good player and Fischer was sublime. The guy was a real piece of work, but on a completely different level when it came to chess. Game 6 and game 2 in particular are essential viewing.

    • Look up Bobby Fischer in the 1960's when he was 13 and played a grand chess master and also sacrificed his queen to win the game.

  • one of the best game !! How perfectly he has gaurded his king !!!

  • Wow unique game. I love that exchange when Magnus sacrificed his queen

  • I sometimes keep watching this game it's just extremely fun 😊

  • Magnus gives up his Queen but she comes back in the end :)

    • He traded in the old one for a hot new one.

    • @Musical_Lolu ????? Ever hear existences called Mikhail Tal, or Stockfish?

    • @Akinbami Taofeek anish did not play well

    • @Akinbami Taofeek it was just a joke, man. :)

    • @Azure Hound if she wants..

  • The move was moving horizontally onto the king file with rook not lifting up. Along with needing to be as aggressive at attacking the other pieces before allowing carlsen to create his castle

  • Magnus ability to protect his pieces is fenomenal.

  • Absolutely beautiful! Unreal coordination!! A master artist in his bag.

  • This game is a piece of art. A lesson about pieces coordination. Defence. Attack. Material imbalance. Strategic squares. Everything

  • What a crazy game! Really shows genius when theory is so abandoned

  • Those pieces form Magnus showing us that no matter how strong or good your opponent are, three or more head can be better if there is teamwork and cooperation

  • I’ve never seen an impenetrable defense like that

  • I like how in the beginning the commentators are like: "Oh yeah, never get rid of your queen, I totally would've done everything Anish did, it's like he's reading my mind."

  • I love how these observers (who get to see what the engine say is BEST move) tumble over their words as Magnus just sacks his queen and turns it over to a win.

    • you do realize david howell (one of the commentators) is rated 2647, right?

    • honestly, anyone above 2k rated could do a better job...

  • One of the most beautifully played games I ever seen.

  • This has to become one of his immortal games

  • I will watch this game few more times. Nice game. It is beautiful way he made Queen unused

  • This is the most entertaining and most instructive chess of all time.

  • This is amazing to watch this game i saw It many times. Magnus created a new defense to save a game and win " the defense of the three musketeers" . This can only be done by the world champion the number one Magnus Carlsen ♟️🇧🇻👑.

  • I love that Queen sac. Although it's not really a true sacrifice the material exchange is even. I love the three pieces and how well he coordinated those pieces. He made music with those pieces!! What truly made this beautiful was how Magnus sacked the pawns on b6 and e5 to open up the position better with for knight and bishop fully understanding he could gang up on the weak white pawns with all those minor pieces. Just beautiful to see! At 7:28 Bc8 locked out all white major pieces. Elegant play!!

  • This game is such a masterpiece by Magnus

  • I love his defence along with attack...

  • How can he create a fortress like that all while being bombarded by attacks? Unbelievable. I can't wait for the WCC against GM Nepo on the 26th..

  • I don’t know how many times I have watched this, it is just timeless.

  • Mwgnus's Queen is that character that seemingly dies early but comes back alive to save the day!

    • Your comment is as beautiful as Magnus's coordination of pieces.

  • Wow.. best defence i've ever seen. Beautiful game from MC. Just beautiful

  • Not enough words for such a defense, damn good

  • I'm not very good at chess and neither is the one friend I have that I play with, but I do believe that black is almost always in a better situation to sac the queen. Depending on the board state, the queen can be a really good front. Something most players assume they have to capture asap. If used wisely the queen sac can gain black an extra positioning turn to make up for going second

  • That defense was perfection.